Daily Archives: June 26, 2012

What a Bummer

Hey, everyone!  How’s your Tuesday night shaping up?  Originally, I planned to go to Women on Wheels at 6 p.m., but when I arrived at the meet-up location, there was no one to be found.  I kept my fingers crossed and waited about 15 minutes, but no dice.  Between my unsuccessful attempts swimming at the YMCA and now no biking with Women on Wheels, it’s been a tough couple of days for my triathlon workouts.  What do you do when your workout plans fall through?  Normally, I would’ve gone for a ride solo or went for a run, but my parents were going out to dinner, so I decided to join them.

Dinner

We hit up Circa, our local favorite, around 7 p.m.  I quenched my thirst with a glass of New Age white wine.  Served on the rocks with a slice of lime, this light vino was super refreshing.  Two thumbs up!

For my main meal, I selected a spicy shrimp and Asian vegetable medley.

And now it’s time to break out the frozen grapes.  Have a great night!

T-Shirt Quilt, Here I Come!

Hiya!  I hope you’re having a great Tuesday so far.  I write bearing great news for fellow t-shirt hoarders—I packed up my t-shirts and sent them away to be made into a quilt!

I arranged my quilt a few times before I was satisfied.  I’ll be the first to admit I have way too many shirts, but the number of white and grey ones I have is obscene.  I did my best to spread around colored tees to make the quit visually appealing.

These pictures are missing the final row of t-shirts because I’m doubling up and using both the fronts and backs of six. (The Post-It notes in the previous picture mark which t-shirts will have both fronts and backs used.) After assembling my design and picking shades for sashing and backing, I stuffed all 30 t-shirts into the bag.  The package probably weighs about four pounds.  Who knew tees could be so heavy?

Breakfast

I had an old favorite for today’s morning meal.

Two Kashi waffles with PB and slices bananas.  I spread one waffle with crunchy PB and the other with smooth because *drumroll* I have an almost-empty jar of PB for overnight oats!

Workout

After yesterday afternoon’s lap swimming fail, I went the YMCA around 10 a.m.  I figured the morning rush (5:30-8:30 a.m.) would be gone and the summer swimming lessons wouldn’t have started yet.  I was wrong.  A water aerobics class occupied three lanes, and the leftover ones were all taken.  Glahhh.  On the drive home, I decided it was time to put on my big-girl pants, hop into our pool, and do my best to swim laps in our oblong-spaced basin.  For 20 minutes, I alternated between the freestyle and breaststroke, and I tried to take minimal rest; at the beginning of the workout, I could swim only three lengths before taking a breather, but by the end, I worked up to five.  That’s progress, right?  As I was closing in on the 20-minute mark, I spotted a rat in the pool—gross!  I finished up my lap, used the pool skimmer to remove said animal, and called it a day.  Have you ever had an animal encounter in a pool, lake, or stream?  What did you do?

Lunch

I showered and threw together a salad for lunch.  I was craving baked tofu, so I followed Caitlin’s recipe.  I snacked on some red peppers and hummus while the tofu was in the oven.

Spinach, baked tofu, carrots, and red peppers.  Yummy!

I also had a peach for dessert.

For my second workout of the day, I’m going to Women on Wheels tonight.  Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

Reflections and Afterthoughts from Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, Part II

Whew, I can’t believe the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse was only two days ago!

I had a blast volunteering, cheering, and watching the triathletes complete the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run.  Since there is now some distance between the event and my initial reaction, I want to articulate some additional reflections and afterthoughts.

Happiness, belonging, pride – After my first job as a body marker, I spent the rest of the day with volunteers from Fleet Feet. (Someone asked if I was a “Fleet Feet girl,” and it killed me to say no!) Since I’ve been to Fleet Feet more times than I can count, a few of the girls recognized me, and it was awesome hanging out with a group of people who love fitness, specifically triathlons, as much as I do.  And since MaryBeth works at Fleet Feet part-time, everyone got to know me as “Carrie, MB’s cousin.”

Everyone had nothing but great things to say about her—as both a person and triathlete—and I felt so proud watching her kick some Ironman butt.

Inspiration, motivation, drive – The pro athletes—and a lot of the age groupers, like MB—populate an elite level of physical fitness, and it was inspiring to watch them complete this journey.  As they crossed the finish line, a bunch of them looked good, as if they could’ve kept running. (Most do, for this was an half-Ironman/Ironman 70.3; a full Ironman entails a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run.) However, there were a ton of “everyday” people competing, too.

Seeing them complete this race sparked some personal motivation; if they can do it, then I can do it.

Inadequacy, laziness – Watching each and every athlete embark on this journey was awe-inspiring, but with it came sense of inadequacy.  These individuals completed a half-Ironman; they swam, biked, and ran anywhere from 4:16 to 8-plus hours straight—the only thing I’ve done for 8 consecutive hours is sleep!  Moreover, it made me question my workout plan and fitness outlook.  The individuals train hard and diligently for the 70.3.  Comparatively, in the words of my high school basketball coach, I seem to be “farting around” with my workouts.  Sure, I run, bike, lift, etc., but not at the level that would adequately prepare me to finish a half-Ironman.  But I’m starting to accept that it’s OK—I have yet to complete an official sprint triathlon!  In terms of my triathlon training, I’m starting at the beginning, learning the ins and outs of the event, and building my swim-bike-run endurance; I’m guessing most of Sunday’s triathletes have completed multiple sprint and/or standard/Olympic-distance triathlons.  However, I know if I made completing a 70.3 Iron one of my fitness priorities, I would make it happen.  But since it’s not on this summer’s calendar, I can still attack my workouts with more intensity, vigor, and dedication than before.

Every shape and size … – It’s so surprise the pro male and female athletes—and a lot of the age groupers—have enviable physiques:  chiseled shoulders, defined arms, and strong legs.  These individuals definitely looked like triathletes, but there were athletes of every shape and size who tackled the course—extremely tall, pocket-friend short, (sadly) dangerously slim, football player-like hulkiness, you name it.

This proves that everyone—and literally every body—can train, compete, and complete an event like an Ironman 70.3.  Now that’s inspiring!

… and every age – From body marking and holding swim wave signs, I got a pretty good visual of who participates in triathlons.  When I body marked, I met only one 22-year-old guy who was competing; the youngest female athlete I marked was 26, and the majority of individuals were between the ages of 30-45.  During the swim starts, the 30-35-year old men were broken up into two separate waves (based on their last names) because there were so many of them.  Out of curiosity, I studied the race results, and only 13 women comprised what would be my age group (18-24), most of whom were 24.  Interestingly, the youngest men seemed to be 26, and the biggest groups seemed to be the 30-35 divisions for both genders.  I’m guessing age 26 is the first big group because these individuals have graduated college, have jobs, and have settled into a routine that includes triathlon training.  I think it’s difficult to find a tri-community in a college setting, and plus, most college students are busy … being college students if you know what I mean.  Moreover, training for a half-Ironman is a yearlong fitness endeavor.  Right now, I have no idea where I’m going to be in one year or what I’m going to be doing, while the 26-year-olds have established lifestyles.  With this in mind, I think training for and completing an Ironman 70.3 is definitely feasible down the road.

From volunteering, spectating, and/or competing in triathlons, have you noticed similar things?